Lecturer, Department of English Literature, University of Reading

I'm a lecturer in the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading, UK.
I teach C19th and C20th American Literature, Nigerian Literature, and Children's Literature, including post-colonial fiction.

I am a member of Graduate Centre for International Research in Childhood: Literature, Culture, Media (www.circl.co.uk) and I also teach on the MRes in Children's Literature at the University of Reading.

My monograph, Kipling's Children's Literature: Language, Identity and Constructions of Childhood, was published in 2010 by Ahsgate.

My most recent published work is an article on ‘Gender and irony: children’s literature and its criticism’, Asian Women, 32 (2), 2016, pp. 91-110. ISSN 1225-925X doi: 10.14431/aw.2016.06.32.2.91
And I am currently working on the archives of the African Writers Series (which was inaugurated with Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart) and thinking about how the fact that the series was published by an educational publisher (Heinemann Educational Books) impacted upon the kind of text that could be published under its aegis.

Experience

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    Lecturer, Department of English Literature, University of Reading